ELMER KENNETH "KEN" ERICKSON

Wilmington-Age 92, died peacefully at his residence, Rockland Place, surrounded by family and friends, April 23, 2018.

Born November 20, 1925 in Paterson NJ, Mr. Erickson graduated from Wood-Ridge HS in 1943 (where he enjoyed a stellar football “career”) and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1950.
Interrupting his collegiate studies between 1944-46, he proudly served his country during World War II as a lieutenant in the Army’s 342nd Infantry – 86th Division, stationed in the Philippines.
Mr. Erickson began his career in the Textile Fibers Department of the DuPont Company in Martinsville, VA, transferring to the Wilmington office in 1958, and retiring from the Company in 1980.
He was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church in Wilmington for over 50 years, serving as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Trustee.

Ken was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Winifred H. Erickson, his parents Edith Mae and Elmer Clarence Erickson, and brothers John David and Richard James Erickson. He is survived by: his sons Jeffrey Kenneth (Ellen) of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Alan Richard (Sue) of Long Beach Island, NJ, and daughter Ellen Ann Grubbs (Stephen) of Wilmington, DE. Ken was a devoted grandfather of 10 grandchildren: Elise Heineman, Katherine Aiken, Daniel Erickson, Lauren Serventi, John Erickson, Pete Erickson, Tim Erickson, Jennifer Grubbs, Katherine Grubbs and Scott Grubbs… and a loving great-grandfather to 6 great-grandsons: William Heineman, Smith Aiken, Luke Serventi, Cole Serventi, Leo Serventi and Nikhil Erickson.

A funeral service will be held at Green Hill Presbyterian Church, 3112 Kennett Pike Wilmington, DE on Sunday April 29th at 2:30 pm. Family and friends may call after 1:30 pm. Burial will follow the service in the adjoining cemetery.

With heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Rockland, the Erickson family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Rockland Place, 1519 Rockland Rd Wilmington, DE 19803.

For online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com